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Will Smith in Early Talks to Star in Legendary’s ‘Brilliance’

Julius Onah on board to direct

Will Smith is in early talks to star in Legendary’s adaptation of the “Brilliance.”

Julius Onah is on board to direct with Legendary. Joe Roth and Palak Patel are producing.

Universal will distribute as part of its distribution deal with Legendary.

Pic is based on the Marcus Sakey novel and is set in a world where one percent of the children born are savants (aka “brilliants”) with special powers. A federal agent who has become a master hunter of terrorists must track down a savant terrorist who intends to start civil war.

David Koepp penned the script. Alex Hedlund will oversee for Legendary.

Smith, who is repped by CAA and Overbrook Entertainment, recently finished production on the Warner Bros. pic “Focus.”

TheWrap was the first to report the news.

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